Yet another wet, dreary morning! The rain fell throughout my 3 hour visit, which was a bit of a whiz round in the poor conditions.
The CUCKOO continued to call until about 8am, but even he succumbed to the dire conditions and went silent thereafter. BLACKCAPS were heard in the scrub area by the lakes, and in the college grounds, as well as in the one or two of the larger gardens along ashes lane. CHIFFCHAFFS were heard on all parts of my patch, but their singing was less than convincing! SWALLOWS were trying their best to find insects around the sheep at Migrant Alley, there are at least 5 local pairs now. The only other summer visitor noted was the WHITETHROAT, two were around the tree nursery and a new one was in the hedgerow on the southern boundary of my patch. One species that made it worth while getting wet for, was the BLACK HEADED GULL, which flew over, the first sighting this month, the monthly total now stands at 68, just 3 more needed to equal the April record!
I'll give you a list of the 46 species seen today, as I dont often put up all of what Ive seen. F O by the species name is for flyover.
Again no pics today. Anyone want to buy a camera. (-:
In order of appearence todays birds were -:
Long Tailed Tit
Lesser Black backed Gull - FO
Herring Gull - FO
Grey Heron - FO
Great Spotted Woodpecker
Black Headed Gull - FO
and lastly a Sparrowhawk - FO